How to Prepare For CT Scan

CT scans use X-rays to take pictures of the body. Find out how a CT scan for children is done, when it is used, and what to expect during the procedure.

What Is A CT Scan?

Chest CT scan

A CT scan is done to take a picture of your baby’s body. Uses computer X-rays. To take pictures of body parts and internal organs like slices.

How to prepare for CT scan

Usually, you do not have to do any special preparation for a CT scan. However, some children need to be given sleeping pills to help them sleep. So that they lie still for the scan. If your child is taking sleeping pills, he or she must stop eating and drinking several hours before the CT scan.

What Your Child Will Need To Wear For A CT Scan

Children who have a CT scan of their head can wear their own clothes. All metal items must be removed before the test, your child cannot wear forks, hair clips, hair clips, or pendants.

If the skin is on the chest, waist, or abdomen, dress your baby in a way that does not have any metal buttons or zippers.

What To Do If Your Child Is Sick

Please call the CT scan department one business day before or after the scan if your child has a high fever, runny nose, cough, or cold.

What To Do If Your Child Is Taking Medication

If your child is taking medication, please call the nurse before coming to the test. On the day of the test, please call and talk to the CT scan nurse before giving your child the medicine.

Other Things We Need To Know Before A CT Scan.
  • Please let us know if your child has any special needs.
  • Please let us know if your child has diabetes, heart disease, respiratory problems, or any chronic medical conditions.
  • Please let us know if your child is older than 5 years. But you don’t think he’ll be able to stand still for at least 20 minutes during the test.
Help Your Child Lie Still During The CT Examination

To take clean pictures, your child cannot move during the scan. The motion creates blurry images during the scan and does not provide the doctor with the information he or she needs. Most teens find it difficult to stay still. So we take pictures while they are asleep.

Babies Under 2 Months Old

Keep your child awake and do not give them any food for three hours before the test. Bring a bottle (while you are breastfeeding), your favorite blanket, or nipple if your baby uses it. If your child is tired and takes food before the test, he will usually fall asleep for the test.

Children from 4 Months to 5 Years

If your child is under 5 years old, it will be difficult for them to stay still for long. We will give your child sleeping pills for a CT scan. We also call it sleeping pills or anesthesia.

Children 5 Years and Older

If your child is over 5 years old, and you don’t think they will be able to stand still for at least 20 minutes during the test, please let us know before the test.

If your child is taking sleeping pills for a CT scan

To make sleeping pills safe, your baby’s stomach should be empty. Your nurse will tell you what your child can eat and drink before taking the sleeping pill. The following table also tells you when your child should stop eating and drinking.

What Your Child Can Eat and Drink Before Taking Sleeping Pills [Deep Sleep or Coma]
  • The time before the procedure is what you need to know.
  • Midnight before the procedure
  • No solid food. That means no candy or gum.
  • Your child can still drink beverages such as water, milk, Grape fruit juice, and liquids. Liquid beverages are the ones you can see across, such as apple juice, ginger, or water.
  • Your child may also eat jello or pop scallops.


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